Family-friendly celebrations will bring All-American fun to several Downtown Tampa

Tampa’s Downtown Comes Alive On The 4th Of July

Family-friendly celebrations will bring All-American fun to several Downtown Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – Family-friendly celebrations will bring All-American fun to several Downtown Tampa neighborhoods starting as early as 11 a.m. on July 4th as part of Mayor Jane Castor’s Boom by the Bay powered by TECO.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership brings you this breakdown of all the places to have a blast before the fireworks go boom!


Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park

Boom Bar opens at noon; Entertainment from 4 to 8 p.m.

  • Enjoy a family fun area, entertainment, music, delicious food trucks, and a cold drink from the Boom Bar!
    • The Boom Bar will feature the exclusive Boom by the Bay popsicle drink “Boozy Boom Pop”—a watermelon citrus pop taking a summertime swim in a Cutwater margarita or mojito—available throughout the weekend while supplies last.

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Entertainment from 5 to 9 p.m.

  • Catch live music from Jennifer and the For Reals on the Riverwalk Stage


The Heights District Fourth of July Celebration at Armature Works

Fireworks viewing 🎇

Entertainment starting at 3 p.m.

  • Take in live music, a hot dog eating competition, a kid zone, food, drinks, and fireworks along the waterfront

Water Works Park

Fireworks viewing 🎇

Entertainment starting at 4 p.m.

  • Celebrate with food trucks, music, and a free public viewing area for fireworks along the Hillsborough River


Star-Spangled Sparkman at Sparkman Wharf

Fireworks viewing 🎇

Entertainment starting at 11 a.m.

  • Be wowed by a water ski show, live music, food, drinks, and fireworks along the waterfront


Bayshore Boulevard

Fireworks viewing for largest fireworks display 🎇

Entertainment starting at 7 p.m.

  • Enjoy a variety of food trucks, DJs, and waterfront views of the largest-ever fireworks display along Bayshore Boulevard

Friends of the Riverwalk July 4th Boat Parade

Parade scheduled for 6 to 7:15 p.m.

  • A patriotic parade of boats decked out in “red, white, and Bolts blue” will sail down Seddon Channel between Davis Islands and Harbour Island, then small boats will continue up the Hillsborough River to the bend at Armature Works


🕘 Fireworks Timing

All three Independence Day fireworks displays are scheduled for dusk (approximately 9:15 p.m.) but may be slightly adjusted due to weather. Fireworks will not be seen from Curtis Hixon Park.

🚌 Getting to and Around Downtown

Use a bike, transit, or rideshare to get Downtown—or if you drive, plan to park only once. To get around once you’re Downtown, walk, use rental bikes or electric scooters, hop on the free TECO Line Streetcar, or take the free Bayshore shuttle to head to the largest fireworks display.

Car Parking

  • All city-operated garages will be available, along with street parking and private lot options. City of Tampa parking garages (including the Fort Brooke garage) will cost $10 for the day.
  • Attendees can also park in Ybor City and take the free TECO Line Streetcar to the festivities.
  • Accessible parking is available at all public parking facilities.

Bike Parking

  • Free bike racks are located throughout Downtown.
  • Free bike parking will be available at Bayshore Boulevard near the Davis Islands Bridge.

🎇 Free Shuttle Service to Bayshore

Free shuttle service to Bayshore Boulevard will be operated by Jolley Trolley from 6 to 11 p.m. All shuttles are accessible and will run in a continuous loop.

Shuttle Stop Locations

  • Fort Brooke Garage (intersection of Whiting St. & Franklin St.)
  • Marion Street Transit Center (1211 N. Marion St.)
  • Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (intersection of Ashley Dr. & Twiggs St.)
  • Bayshore Boulevard (near Swann Ave.)

🚤 Even More Independence Day Fun

Most Downtown restaurants and activities will be open on July 4th—check ahead with a business to confirm, then make plans for dining, visiting a cultural attraction, hitting the water with a boat rental, and more.

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